Community health centre

A Checkpoint is a health centre for gay and other men who have sex with men (MSM). The Checkpoints Vaud and Zürich also counsel transgender people and their partners.

Difficult communication

Newly diagnosed gays appear to have more and more difficulties speaking about their HIV status in their environment; whether it’s within the family, with sexual partners, in relationships or in the workplace. The need to open up and to exchange thoughts is suppressed for fear of discrimination. Should one risk a possible discrimination and perhaps lose one’s nearest trusted friend forever? The sense of shame arises, among newly infected people, having infected themselves after over 30 years of Stop Aids Campaigns and Safer Sex Campaigns.

HIV positive immigrants

Today in Switzerland a third of new HIV infections among gay men concern immigrants from all parts of the world. This number has almost doubled since 2004. Many people with an immigrant background see themselves forced, due to cultural reasons, to keep their status within the gay scene and their environment, a secret.

Discrimination, being HIV positive and sexuality among men

In Switzerland today around 15 % of gay and bisexual men – that means every sixth –, is HIV positive. It is also relatively likely to meet up with an HIV positive sexual partner but even so, the actual or presumed HIV status in places of sexual contacts has become the criterion of discrimination among sexual partners.